CARTIER. A gem-set and diamond 'Chinoiserie' compact

The annular gold box, applied with black enamel to the base, embellished with cut-out geometric motifs to the contour and undulating black enamel lines lid, centring on a marquetry plaque composed of partially-stained mother-of-pearl scene depicting a stylised Chinese dragon rising from frothing waves, scene signed Makovsky, circa 1929, signed Cartier Paris Londres New York, French assay marks for 18ct gold. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Cartier GE2001-375 Literature: Cf. Hans Nadelhoffer, Cartier Jewelers Extraordinaire, Thames & Hudson 1984, P. 33 for a photo of a 'Chinese' compact with a very similar motif. Cf. Franco Cologni Ettore Mocchetti, Made by Cartier 150 Years of Tradition and Innovation, Abbeville Press, P.127 for a montage photo of Cartier Chinoiserie objets including this compact.

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